~ Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Nat'l Forest - Pilchuck summit winter view ~
Mt. Pilchuck Pearl © Ken James McLeod
We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray...
-- opening lyrics above of the 1967 smash hit song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum rang through my brain --
The beer from the night before had worn off and I was feeling better than I should, upon arriving at the trailhead and climbing up the impending mountain, I sat down and wrote "Pilchuck's Pearl"
Come climb me this wintery day ---
I hear the mountain say.
'Bove the forest, cross the snowfield to upper slope
Huff and puff, step after stomp, thus I lope,
Yonder horizon speaks with bluish-gray fractured peaks
Forested valleys resembling gardens planted in rows like leeks,
And meandering South Fork Stillaquamish River far below
Volcano Baker, Glacier Peak, and Rainier look ready and willing to blow.
Frozen icicles hanging from granitic (feldspar & quartz) rock
The Lookout "Pilchuck" perched atop the summit block,
Waves upon waves over Puget Sound which ferries ride
Olympic Mountains ponder glorious scene with majestic pride,
Now hoveled here at mountain top . . . counting hours by the lonely bide.....
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